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Early Map of the Dutch Colony of New Netherland

Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginae tabula
Nicolaes Visscher (1618-1679)
Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae
nec non partis Virginae tabula

[Amsterdam, ca. 1685]
Hand-colored engraving
Geography & Map Division (21B.7)

Based on the explorations of Henry Hudson, the Dutch claimed the territory extending from the Delaware Bay to Connecticut River, establishing the colony known as New Netherland. Nicolaes Visscher's mid-seventeenth century map of this Dutch colony is one of the best known maps of the region. It also boasts a vignette, in the lower right hand corner, with one of the earliest views of New Amsterdam, renamed New York City in 1664.

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